DAME SHIRLEY Bassey is set to release her grand finale album, which will be dedicated as a “thank you” to her fans.
The 83-year-old’s new album, the title of which is yet to be announced, will be her first in five years.
It will include both brand new material written especially for Bassey, as well as tracks which the world-renowned singer has handpicked to reflect her life and and celebrate her 70-year long career.
The recording is taking place in London, Prague, Monaco and the South of France, with the team all operating under the relevant travel and recording restrictions.
Bassey has described the album as a “thank you” to her fans, who have supported her all these years, and to the music – which has remained a constant throughout her life.
She said: “My new album is a celebration of 70 years in showbiz. 70 years of support from my fans and 70 years of music! I’ve trodden the boards of many stages and kicked up many a diamante heel! The songs I have chosen all feel very personal and connected to my life. I hope they will do the same for my fans.”
The news came as it was announced that Bassey signed an exclusive deal with Decca Records.
Bassey’s powerful voice has taken her from singing in pubs and clubs as a teenager while working in a factory to worldwide superstardom.
She sung the theme songs of three of the most iconic James Bond films Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker and has released 70 albums and sold nearly 140 million records.
The first Welsh singer to have a number one single, Bassey was awarded a damehood for her services to performing arts in 2000.
She is the recipient of a whole host of accolades, including the very first recipient of a Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, Légion d’ honour, Silver Clef Award, the very first musician to be awarded the Freedom of The City of Cardiff.